The FA Cup - Third Round
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Watford 3-0 Bristol City

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Highlights: Watford 3-0 Bristol City

Watford comfortably beat a much-changed Bristol City in the FA Cup third round as striker Troy Deeney returned with a goal after a four-match suspension.

The Championship club struggled to get going, playing three days before their Carabao Cup semi-final first leg at Manchester City.

Andre Carrillo's turn and low shot put the Premier League men up at half-time.

Roberto Pereyra hit the crossbar before Deeney nodded in and Etienne Capoue tucked in a third late on.

Promotion-chasing Bristol City, preparing for their first major semi-final in 28 years, made seven changes for the match at Vicarage Road and spent most of the match defending in their own half.

Two sides with different priorities

Visiting head coach Lee Johnson gave debuts to academy products Opi Edwards, 18, and Connor Lemonheigh-Evans, 20, and they duly gained experience against a top-flight outfit who took the game seriously and could have won by a greater margin.

Having welcomed back Deeney as one of just three changes, Marco Silva's men were kept out by first-half blocks from City centre-back Aden Flint and keeper Luke Steele.

Pereyra was then unlucky after the break when his curling shot from the edge of the area bounced down off the crossbar on to the line and clear.

The Robins' best chance came and went when striker Matty Taylor failed to hit the target with a free header.

In contrast to mid-table Watford, who are five points clear of the Premier League relegation zone in 10th, Bristol City - just two points off an automatic promotion spot - had other priorities, amid their strongest second-tier league season in recent memory.

No repeat of August's upset

Tom Cleverley
A lively Tom Cleverley was kept out by Bristol City keeper Luke Steele early on

Bristol City had won 3-2 at Watford, despite making nine changes, in August's League Cup meeting - the first of their four wins over Premier League opposition so far this term.

But on Saturday they showed few signs of the brave, attacking football that contributed to them stunning Manchester United in December.

For Watford, who had lost six of their past seven games, victory was only their second at home since October, and Deeney's goal was his third of the season.

Defeat meant the Robins' run of FA Cup meetings with Premier League clubs without victory extended to 14 matches, going back to their 1-0 win at Liverpool in 1994.

'Great to have Deeney back' - What the managers said:

Watford manager Marco Silva on Troy Deeney's goalscoring return: "It's important that he's back, for our team. It's not normal in the last 10 games before this we had only him available for three games.

"It's important for him to get 90 minutes into his legs as well, and great that he's on the scoresheet as well."

Bristol City assistant manager Dean Holden: "We came here wanting to win the game, it's the biggest cup competition in the world but we had to make decisions with everything in mind.

"We don't have any regrets about selection, because those decisions were made for the right reasons."

Line-ups

Watford

  • 1Gomes
  • 2Janmaat
  • 13Wagué
  • 27KabaseleBooked at 30mins
  • 22Zeegelaar
  • 16DoucouréSubstituted forWatsonat 81'minutes
  • 28CarrilloSubstituted forRicharlisonat 69'minutes
  • 29Capoue
  • 8Cleverley
  • 37PereyraSubstituted forHolebasat 70'minutes
  • 9Deeney

Substitutes

  • 5Prödl
  • 11Richarlison
  • 18Gray
  • 23Watson
  • 25Holebas
  • 30Karnezis
  • 33Okaka

Bristol City

  • 15Steele
  • 26Vyner
  • 4Flint
  • 23Magnusson
  • 25Kelly
  • 37Edwards
  • 34Lemonheigh-Evans
  • 7SmithSubstituted forPackat 45'minutes
  • 19Eliasson
  • 10TaylorSubstituted forEngvallat 63'minutes
  • 18WoodrowSubstituted forHindsat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Fielding
  • 5Wright
  • 16Engvall
  • 21Pack
  • 30Bakinson
  • 33Hinds
  • 36Holden
Referee:
Craig Pawson
Attendance:
13,269

Match Stats

Home TeamWatfordAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home25
Away6
Shots on Target
Home11
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home3
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Watford 3, Bristol City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Watford 3, Bristol City 0.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Zak Vyner.

Goal!

Goal! Watford 3, Bristol City 0. Etienne Capoue (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Troy Deeney.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Ben Watson replaces Abdoulaye Doucouré.

Attempt saved. Freddy Hinds (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marlon Pack.

Attempt blocked. Etienne Capoue (Watford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Richarlison.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Freddy Hinds replaces Cauley Woodrow.

Attempt missed. Molla Wagué (Watford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Abdoulaye Doucouré following a corner.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Luke Steele.

Attempt saved. José Holebas (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Marvin Zeegelaar.

Attempt missed. Gustav Engvall (Bristol City) right footed shot from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Niclas Eliasson with a cross.

Attempt missed. Richarlison (Watford) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Marvin Zeegelaar with a cross.

Troy Deeney (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Connor Lemonheigh-Evans (Bristol City).

Attempt saved. Richarlison (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Troy Deeney.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. José Holebas replaces Roberto Pereyra.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Richarlison replaces André Carrillo.

Attempt missed. Abdoulaye Doucouré (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Troy Deeney (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Hördur Bjorgvin Magnusson (Bristol City).

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Daryl Janmaat.

Attempt missed. Troy Deeney (Watford) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Daryl Janmaat with a cross.

Abdoulaye Doucouré (Watford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Opanin Edwards (Bristol City).

Foul by Etienne Capoue (Watford).

Connor Lemonheigh-Evans (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Gustav Engvall replaces Matty Taylor.

Attempt missed. Matty Taylor (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Lloyd Kelly with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Watford 2, Bristol City 0. Troy Deeney (Watford) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Cleverley with a cross.

Troy Deeney (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Zak Vyner (Bristol City).

Attempt blocked. Roberto Pereyra (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cleverley.

Attempt saved. Etienne Capoue (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Roberto Pereyra (Watford) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by André Carrillo.

Second Half

Second Half begins Watford 1, Bristol City 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Marlon Pack replaces Korey Smith.

Half Time

First Half ends, Watford 1, Bristol City 0.

Attempt missed. Opanin Edwards (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Troy Deeney (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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